GIFC v Bardykes Rovers

Glasgow Irish FC v Bardykes RoversHealth Rewards Cup Round 2.

14:15 kick off at Scotstoun Sports Complex.

Sunday 22nd January 2017.

The Irish were in cup competition for the second week running against Bardykes Rovers who sit joint second in their division. GIFC were looking to gather back some lost pride having been on the end of an 8-1 hammering at the hands of Premier champions and current leaders Castlemilk Dynamo the previous week.

The Irish came out of the traps fast and deployed a high pressing game early doors. Strikers Gerry Hughes and Mark Paterson coming closest with early chances.

Top scorer Connor Jack broke the deadlock on 21 mins when he cut inside of the wing and curled a right foot shot into the far top corner. Another great goal from the youngster. 1-0.

Number two came from Mark Paterson when he bundled the ball home from a dangerous corner kick on 29 mins. 2-0.

Gerry Hughes hit the bar from a header and Tony Owens smashed a shot off the post while Shaun Munro and Cameron Mooney also came close to adding to the Irish lead.

Tony Owens then showed why he had warranted a starting slot when he bravely put his head where most wouldn’t put a foot in and won the Irish a penalty with 32 min on the clock. The midfielder causing Bardykes problems the whole first half. Connor Jack stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way to maintain his 100% penalty record. 3-0.

On 37 mins the game was over as a contest when Mark Paterson crashed a shot off the bar which John Biggins gathered on the rebound and sent a cool finish beyond the visiting keeper. 4-0.

HT 4-0.

The Irish started the second half with some changes. Josh Reilly replacing the excellent Tony Owens and Sean Belton replacing captain Stephen Cairns. Mark Cleary being handed the armband for the second half.

Goal number 5 arrived when Connor Jack latched onto a cross from the right and fired the ball home for his hat trick. 5-0.

Shaun Munro then got in on the scoring action with number 6. Some fast moving play down the left ended with the midfielder sweeping the ball home for his 8th of the season. A well deserved goal from the playmaker. 6-0.

Mark Paterson broke free down the right only to be hauled to the ground as he drew back to shoot. Connor Jack took the resulting penalty and got his fourth goal of the game and number 23 in 18 games when he chipped the penalty into the net. 7-0.

Richard McCabe, Ross Marshall and Stephen Cleary replaced Cameron Mooney, Mark Paterson and Gerrard Hughes and it was Stephen Cleary who rounded off the scoring when after a great turn in the box the striker lofted the ball over the keeper to add to his impressive goals tally. 8-0.

FT 8-0.

Man of the match today was Connor Jack closely followed by John Biggins.

All round the Irish were impressive and could have easily doubled the scoreline had they been more ruthless in front of goal. 

Red Star Baagrade v Glasgow Irish FC

Red Star Baagrade v Glasgow Irish FC 
Sunday 4th December, Milton of Glasgow. 

Division 2A 
The Irish were away on league duty this week against an in form Baagrade side hoping to get back to winning ways in the league. 

GIFC threatened from the outset and Martin Rice came closest hitting the bar from 25 yards with a stunning free kick. 

It was strike partner Stephen Cleary who gave Irish the lead however with a superb drive across the Baagrade keeper after being sent clear from the outstanding John Biggins. 0-1. 

GIFC hit number two when the prolific Connor Jack smashed a right foot free kick into the far corner of the net after Shaun Munro was brought down 22 yards from goal. 0-2. 

Red Star hit back with a superb set piece of their own. Young keeper Harry Purves beaten by a great effort from 25 yards. 1-2. 

The home side then drew level after some dreadful defending left a striker unmarked to drive home inside the area. 

HT 2-2. 

After some harsh words at half time amongst the squad the Irish went ahead again when left back Stuart Taylor cracked a left foot free kick high past the Red Star keeper from 30 yards. A superb goal from the defender. 2-3. 

GIFC were great to watch when playing the ball on the deck and equally robust against a very physical side. 

Number four was a great flowing move which seen Mark Cleary play a defence splitting pass for Martin Rice to keep his composure and place the ball into the corner. 2-4. 

Red Star never gave up and with 10 mins to go scored another after confusion in the Irish defence let their forward in. 3-4. 

The Irish put the game to bed when Martin Rice flicked the ball on for Mark Cleary to cap a great performance by nicking in front of the Baagrade keeper to lash the ball home. 3-5. 

FT 3-5. 

Man of the match today was John Biggins. Closely followed by Cameron Mooney and Mark Cleary. Mark Paterson and Josh Reilly impressed coming on in the second half. 

GIFC Team 1 v GIFC Team 2

Glasgow Irish Team 1 v Glasgow Irish Team 2
Friendly Match

Scotstoun Stadium Rear 4G
A free week from league duties gave the Irish a chance to give the entire squad a run out in what proved to be a highly entertaining game. Chairman Kenny Paterson had hand picked a team he thought could cause some problems for the one chosen by the GIFC management. 

This game also gave some game time to new recruits Grant Harold and Josh Reilly who both impressed on the day. 

Team 1 started the brighter of the two sides and almost took the lead when Kieran Nicol fired over from outside the box. 

Team 2 were dangerous going forward however and after some driving play from Munro in midfield they took the lead as he squared for Josh Reilly to pass the ball beyond Griffing into the net. 0-1. 

This fired Team 1 into action and Kieran Nicol equalised driving the ball past Barr from just inside the penalty area. 1-1. 

Mark Paterson then sent over a superb corner kick which found Martin Rice who sent the ball into the roof of he net with a powerful header. 2-1. 

Sean Belton drew things level when a poor clearance out of defence by Mulgrew fell to him 25 yards from goal. He sent a half volley into the top corner to punish such poor defending. A great goal. 2-2. 

HT 2-2. 

Team 1 went in front just after half time when a clearance from keeper Barr landed at the feet of Martin Rice 35 yards from goal. The big striker took the ball first time and sent the ball high into the net for a finish of real quality. 3-2. 

The game followed the same pattern as the first half when Ryan Owens showed great instinct to crash the ball home after clever play from Biggins and Munro in midfield. 3-3. 

The next goal went to Team 1 as Rice completed his hat trick. Mulgrew sent over an inviting cross and Rice rose above the Team 2 defence to smash a header across goal giving keeper Barr no chance. 4-3. 

Centre half Gerry Hughes then produced a goal of outstanding quality when after picking the ball up in his own half he strode forward, played a one-two with Kieran Nicol and kept a cool head to find the bottom corner. 5-3. 

This spurred Team 2 on though and they replied when Shaun Munro kept up his scoring run in recent games with a smart finish after a scramble in the penalty area. 5-4. 

The game was over as a contest though when Tony Owens collected the ball 25 yards from goal and dispatched a wonder strike past Barr into the top corner of the net. 6-4. 

Connor Jack pulled a goal back in the final minute for Team 2 with a composed finish. 6-5. 

FT 6-5. 

Man of the match Martin Rice closely followed by Grant Harold. 

Gartferry AFC v Glasgow Irish FC

Gartferry AFC v Glasgow Irish FCHealth Rewards Cup 

Sunday 20th November
The Irish were away from home against a team a division above them looking to put to an end a miserable run of form with 3 defeats leading up to this Health Rewards Cup match. 

Irish started the game well and should have been ahead early on but for some great goalkeeping from the Gartferry number one. 

A series of corners seen the home defence keep GIFC at bay. McManus, Rice and Biggins all going close with great efforts. 

At the opposite end GIFC keeper David Griffin pulled off 3 outstanding saves when we were left exposed after pushing forward in the opening exchanges. 

Griffin then provided the assist for the opener when his clearance ran through to striker Mark Paterson who showed great composure to finish in off the post. 0-1. 

The Irish midfield of John Biggins, Mark Cleary and Shaun Munro were creating plenty of opportunities to further the lead but for the keeper to deny Rice and Paterson with some great saves. 

Number two for GIFC came when from a deadly Ross Marshall corner, Cameron Mooney back heeled the ball across goal for Martin Rice to pounce and smash the ball home. The big striker with his 14th goal in 13 games. 0-2. 

Pressing so high up the park came at a cost for the Irish and they conceded when a ball across goal allowed the Gartferry striker to finally beat Griffin. 1-2. 

HT 1-2. 

GIFC started the second half well with Marshall and McManus tireless on the flanks. Goal number 3 came after Mark Cleary played Shaun Munro through and the youngster showed a cool head with a class finish. 1-3. 

Stephen Cleary and Connor Jack replaced Marshall and Paterson and this payed off when Jack scored his 16th goal of the season after good awareness from John Biggins allowed the striker to sweep the ball home with his right foot. 1-4. 

The game changed dramatically when striker Martin Rice was shown a straight red card after a petulant trip on a Gartferry defender. The referee deciding it was violent conduct. A truly laughable decision by the official to add to a collection in recent games. 

Gartferry used the extra man to their advantage and scored a similar goal to their first as the Irish defence was stretched. 2-4. 

Stephen Cairns, Gerry Hughes and Jack Gordon came on to shore up the game for GIFC and done well to see out the late pressure. 

A joint man of the match this week goes to the outstanding Shaun Munro and John Biggins. Closely followed by Mark Cleary and David Griffin. 

Crownpoint Utd v Glasgow Irish FC

Crownpoint Utd v Glasgow Irish FC
Sunday Central Division 2A

Sunday 13th November. 

GIFC were at Crownpoint on league duty this week trying to put an end to a run of back to back defeats in recent weeks. By then end of the afternoon we would have suffered our worst result so far and been given a lesson in finishing by the hosts. 

The game was a tight affair up until 35 mins when Crownpoint took the lead. A disputable penalty and some criminal defending all over the pitch would see Crownpoint take a 3-0 lead into the break. 

HT 3-0. 

The Irish tried to influence the game in midfield but were overran time and again by the hungrier team on the day. Conceding another 4 goals throughout the half without reply after some ruthless finishing from the impressive home team. 

FT 7-0. 

The Irish would do well to put things into perspective after today’s result. With the club only 5 months young there are many lessons to be learned from a beating such as this one. The management and committee have every faith in our players to get things back on track and can ensure hard work will be applied to recover from our darkest day so far. 

Everyone at the club would like to wish a speedy recovery to the Crownpoint midfielder who appeared to have suffered a dislocated elbow early in the game. 

Cambuslang FA v Glasgow Irish FC

Cambuslang FA v Glasgow Irish FCSunday 6th November 2016. 

The Irish were away from home to the Southside of the city this weekend at Barlia Complex in Castlemilk looking to get back on track after last weekends narrow defeat to Sporting Pumas. 

A decent opening spell from GIFC was rewarded when they took the lead on 7 mins. Josh Reilly getting the credit after pressuring a Cambuslang defender into an error which seen him deflect the ball into his own net. 0-1. 

Irish kept on the pressure and Martin Rice powered home a header after a great delivery from John Michael Connelly via a corner. 0-2. 

Josh Reilly then had to be replaced due to injury. Shaun Munro came on in his place and scored the goal of he game with his first touch. A poor clearance fell to the youngster and he cracked a first time shot from 25 yards into the roof of the net to give GIFC a further lead. 0-3. 

What was to follow can only be described as pathetic from GIFC as we conspired to implode all over the pitch. 

Cambuslang got a goal back before half time when David Griffin was finally beaten after a series of outstanding saves. 1-3. 

HT1-3. 

The Irish looked lethargic as the second half got under way and conceded a penalty within moments of the restart. David Griffin was booked despite having no involvement in the incident which brought the penalty decision. The Irish keeper saved the spot kick and the rebound from the penalty taker to keep the Irish two ahead. 

This should have inspired his teammates to raise their game. This wasn’t to be the case though as we conceded two quick fire goals following some inexplicable errors from a usually steady midfield and defence. 3-3. 

Keeper David Griffin was then shown a second yellow with left back Stuart Taylor replacing him in goals. The baffling decision to book Griffin for no part in the penalty incident coming back to haunt the Irish. 

With 3 minutes to go the hungrier team won the game after another cheap giveaway in possession seen the defence punished yet again. 

4-3. 

The Irish have no one to blame but themselves and must stand up and be counted after a horror show today. 

Man of the match today for GIFC was David Griffin. 

Glasgow Irish FC v Sporting Pumas

Glasgow Irish FC v Sporting Pumas
30th October, Scotstoun Stadium. 

GIFC were at home this week aiming to continue an unbeaten start to the league campaign. Recent results giving the squad every confidence of a positive result. 

The game kicked of at a fast pace and Martin Rice tried from distance a couple of times with no luck. 

Irish were wasteful in the final third and a series of corners and free kicks proved fruitless despite our best efforts. 

Sporting were coming into the game and hit the bar after a great effort from their number ten Chesney. 

This spurred the visitors on and they took the lead when from a corner a Sporting player was allowed a free header across goal to pick out his teammate with yet another free header to take the lead. A tad harsh on the Irish but some terrible defending getting all it deserved. 0-1. 

HT 0-1. 

Irish started the second half the better team, beginning to ask questions of the Sporting defence. 

Prolific winger Connor Jack equalised when a poor clearance fell to him on the corner of the 18 yard box and he smashed a right foot volley into the top corner. 1-1. 

The game then took an ugly turn when midfielder Danny Singh was inexplicably red carded after being head butted by a midfield opponent. Both teams reduced to ten men although only one player resorted to violence. 

Glasgow Irish almost took the lead when Martin Rice showed great strength to win a header only to see it come off the far post. 

Sporting then scored the winning goal when poor marking from yet another corner resulted in the ball being smashed high into the net after confusion in the box. 1-2. 

Sporting could have went further ahead but for keeper David Griffin pulling off a remarkable save from a powerful shot from distance which looked in all the way. Keeper Griffin continuing a superb run of form. 

FT 1-2

A sore defeat from the Irish but one we will learn from. The players can feel proud of the recent attitude. 

Man of the match for GIFC was Connor Jack. Closely followed by Cameron Mooney, Paul McAuley, Stephen Cairns and Martin Rice. 

Special mention must also go to the Sporting Pumas defender who took great pleasure in racially abusing one of our players. We hope yourself and your club are proud of such behaviour.